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Not investing to tackle VAC can result in social/economic loses says expert

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Not investing to tackle VAC can result in social/economic loses says expert

By John Akubo

Failure to invest in tackling Violence against Children (VAC) can lead to substantial social and economic loses estimated at 2.8% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) an expert who is a consultant with ActionAid Nigeria, Grace Dafiel has said.

Dafiel gave the indication at one-day meeting organised for media practitioners in Kogi on, “Ending Violence Against Children” at NUJ Press Centre, Lokoja yesterday.
The seminar was organised by Smile in collaboration with the state Minitry of Women Affairs and Social Development with support from ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) and Catholic Relief Service (CRS).

She said there is also growing evidence base to demonstrate that preventing violence can promote economic growth saying that VAC was not just a child protection or rights issue but a moral imperative.
According to her, “For the first time, in 2013, the prevention and effective response to violence agaisnt children was linked to the sustainable development of Nigeria as a nation.
Dafiel held that a situation where “All children are safe from abuse, violence, exploitation and neglect” was one of the six commitments of the National Priority Agenda (NPA) for Vulnerable Children 2013-2020.”
She therefore urged government at all levels to prioritise provision of social infrastructures in rural and urban settlements to mitigate Violence Against Children (VAC).

She opined that poor mental and physical health culminating from poverty were pointers to violence and urged government to do more to alleviate poverty by providing infrastructures.

The consultant said that her position was informed by the findings of a survey which revealed that most perpetrators of violence against children were overwhelmingly people that the children knew.

“For instance one in six girls and one in five boys experienced emotional violence by a parent, caregiver or adult relative of the children are also perpetrators of violence against children.

“Violence most commonly happens where children should be safe in their own homes, in neighbours’ homes, in schools and to and
from schools”, she said.

Participants at the seminar called on parents to always report cases of abuse and violence against children to the appropriate authorities while the courts should allow coverage of such cases with assurances that victims’ identity would be protected

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
The president in a recorded national broadcast told the youths that their voice has been heard loud and clear and his administration is responding.
He therefore called for calm amidst the arsons and clashes that have ended the peaceful street protests of young Nigerians protesting against police brutality.
“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,”
The President however, downplayed the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos as he failed to mention the episode in his speech.
The government security forces, including the army, alledgelly fired live ammunition on protesters in Lekki toll-gate on Tuesday with fatalities.

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